This Ogoni animal mask adopts an oblong shape and offers an animal aspect. Small rounded ears stand out in the center, surmounting pupils pierced on either side by a long rib representing the nose. The narrow mouth opens in the lower extension. The surface has an irregular, grainy patina, in very subtly varying shades.
Desication abrasions and cracks.
The Ogoni live along the coasts of Nigeria, near the mouth of the Cross-River, south of the Igbo and west of the Ibibio. Their sculptures vary from village to village, but are mainly renowned for their masks with articulated jaws like certain Ekpo Ibibio masks. Their masks were usually worn at funerals, festivities accompanying plantings and harvests, but also more recently to welcome distinguished guests. The acrobatic demonstrations linked to the celebration karikpo , and accompanied by the drum kere karikpo , were also an opportunity to exhibit various zoomorphic masks.
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